IBM to Offer Ariba Buyer e-Procurement & Hosting Service

Mid-Market Businesses to Benefit from Flexible Hosted e-Procurement Packages

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LINK 2001, LAS VEGAS - 19 Mar 2001: To help meet the worldwide demand of mid-size businesses for hosted e-procurement solutions, IBM today announced the IBM e-marketplace hosting Service for Ariba Buyer. The company will offer the Ariba Buyer e-procurement solution worldwide in the second quarter of 2001 on a fully managed basis.

Ariba Buyer allows businesses to automate and manage corporate sourcing, buying and internal business processes--from employee desktops to preferred suppliers and e-marketplaces, resulting in significant time and cost savings.

The IBM-managed Ariba Buyer service will deliver full Ariba Buyer application function, IBM help-desk support and application hosting. Customers will choose from a set of reliable, flexible and secure hosting options that meet their specific e-procurement needs.

"We've hit on an unbeatable combination," said Jim Gant, vice president of e-business Hosting, IBM Global Services. "We have seen strong worldwide demand for e-procurement hosting at our 37 worldwide e-business hosting centers. Together with Ariba, we can now deliver the simplicity of fully managed service, the reliability of IBM e-business hosting, as well as the associated cost and resource savings of Ariba Buyer. This will address the many mid-size companies that require an e-procurement solution that is structured according to their purchasing requirements and staffing resources."

IBM, Ariba's preferred--and leading global hosting partner, currently offers secure hosting environments to Ariba Buyer customers worldwide. Through IBM e-marketplace hosting services, mid-size companies will benefit from the Ariba Buyer service at a low start-up cost and a transaction-based monthly hosting fee. IBM customers will be able to choose from a set of solution packages, starting at under $20,000 a month.

"Ariba and IBM are bringing mid-sized companies all the benefits of B2B eCommerce in a fast, secure, scalable and hosted model to help them compete in global eCommerce," said, Dan Fishback, vice president, Global Channels, Ariba. "This latest offering exemplifies the mission of the Ariba and IBM relationship - -- to combine our world-class products and services to deliver rapid ROI, increase competitive advantage and lower procurement process costs for our customers."

The Ariba Buyer service builds on the partnership formed between IBM and Ariba in March 2000 to offer customers e-marketplace solutions.

The IBM-managed Ariba Buyer solution will be demonstrated at LINK 2001, Las Vegas, March 19 -- 21, formerly known as SCM, the Supply Chain Management Executive Conference. The conference name was changed to reflect a broader focus on the next generation of e-business.

About IBM
IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with 2000 revenues of more than $33 billion. Services is the fastest growing part of IBM, with nearly 150,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities -- services, hardware, software and research -- to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For further information about Ariba-based hosted services and offerings, please visit www.ibm.com/services/webhosting/marketplace_services.html.

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